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The Gathering (1977)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 4 December 1977
Dying father pulls his torn family together for a last Christmas.

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Randal Kleiser

Writer:

James Poe
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Asner ... Adam
Maureen Stapleton ... Kate
Rebecca Balding ... Julie
Sarah Cunningham Sarah Cunningham ... Clara
Bruce Davison ... George
Veronica Hamel ... Helen
Gregory Harrison ... Bud Jr.
James Karen ... Bob Block
Lawrence Pressman ... Tom
John Randolph ... Dr. Hodges
Gail Strickland ... Peggy
Edward Winter ... Roger
Stephanie Zimbalist ... Toni
Maureen Readinger Maureen Readinger ... Tiffany
Ronald Readinger Ronald Readinger ... Joey
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Storyline

Weeks before Christmas, bitter executive Adam Thornton learns that he only has a short time to live. Having abandoned his wife and four children years earlier, Adam confides in his former wife, who encourages him to bring the family together one last time and apologize for his actions. Without telling his children about his terminal illness, Adam worries how they will respond to his sudden request for forgiveness. Written by Jwelch5742

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Emmy Award Winner - Best Dramatic Special [Video Australia]

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gathering See more »

Filming Locations:

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Although they were portraying father and son Ed Asner was only 10 years older than Lawrence Pressman. See more »

Goofs

When Peggy joins the carolers, she is carrying a suitcase and an armful of Christmas presents, which she drops to embrace her father. Only the two of them, plus Mary, join the others on the front porch and her bag and packages are never seen again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Adam Thornton: God's teeth!
Dr. John Hodges: You never were much of a cusser.
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Followed by The Gathering, Part II (1979) See more »

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This is what Christmas is all about.
13 February 2002 | by JarnerSee all my reviews

I've always been a big fan of Christmas and Christmas movies, but this television offering has to be my all time favorite. I still try to watch it every year on either my (fading) VHS copy or, most recently, on the Hallmark channel. Ed Asner is absolutely perfect as the estranged husband and father hoping for a last minute Christmas reunion with his grown children before he succumbs to an un-named disease. Maureen Stapleton matches him scene for scene as his wife. The children are all excellent as well, particularly Lawrence Pressman as the stubborn eldest son and Gail Strickland (one of Hollywood's most underrated character actresses) as his eldest daughter. Bruce Davison is also very good as Asner's put-upon son-in-law. The sequel is inferior (with two unfortunate cast replacements for the children) and Asner's presence in the second film is sorely missed but worthy of a look if you are a fan of this one. Don't miss the Gathering. It'll make you long for an old-fashioned Christmas reunion--your own gathering, whether you're dying or not.


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